Torture fails to make headlines

July 2 2010

I’ve been aware of Craig Murray‘s blog for a while now, but started reading it religiously as a result of some of his comments on Kyrgyzstan’s recent troubles. He’s incredibly knowledgeable about that part of the world, having worked as British Ambassador to Uzbekistan. His conflict with the government about its refusal to recognise human rights issues was made famous in the book and documentary, Murder in Samarkand.

He’s well known to the British media, and yesterday published a series of letters obtained under the FOI Act that pretty much show the UK government was complicit in the torture terror suspects under his watch in Uzbekistan, and rejected his concerns as not appreciating “the broader picture”.

The letters were picked up by the international press, but not, complains Murray, by the UK media. Which is odd, to say the least.

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